Chinatown Remembers Police Officers Wenjian Liu & Rafael Ramos

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A moment for healing; Chinatown vigil for slain police officers

A Fifth Precinct police officer at the memorial. Many officers came by to light a candle and pay their respects.

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Escaping a drenching rain, dozens of people huddled under two white tents in Kimlau Square that had been erected by volunteers so that Chinatown neighbors could pay their last respects to slain Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Sat., Jan. 3.


Before noon, Councilmember Margaret Chin had attended the public wake for Liu in Dyker Heights. At the Brooklyn funeral home, the councilmember waited with others in line for two hours for the viewing. There was also a special separate room at the funeral home for Chinese cultural observance.


The vigil in Manhattan's Chinatown gave the local community a chance to say goodbye.


"We put this together very quickly," said Chin, who represents Chinatown, Lower Manhattan and parts of Soho and the Village. "There are elderly and others who couldn't make it to the wake."


During her brief statement at the vigil, she said, "The public has come to see how great these men were."


She also mentioned how, historically, Chinese parents didn't want their children to become police officers, but that the public outpouring of grief and support has indicated respect for this profession.


Liu immigrated from Guangzhou with his family.


Glowing red candles circled the plaza, offering some light and a symbol of warmth in the wintery downpour. Inside the square, flames darted from a small drum for the burning of paper money, a provision for the deceased - that they have money in the afterlife.


After the brief formal remarks, those in attendance, one by one, placed a votive candles in front of a large photo poster that commemorated the two officers.  


The Chinatown Merchants' Association was one of the many sponsoring organizations of the event, as was the Restaurant Association. The Fujianese Association provided the candles and oranges on the altar. In all, 26 groups were involved - including commercial, civic, cultural, tenant and many community organizations - with a total of 50 volunteers, in helping make this community vigil happen. And, in spite of the cold, wet, miserable weather, it was evident that those attending felt compelled to be a part of this informal ceremony recognizing the city's tragedy.

"The vigil had roots in Buddhism and Chinese cultural practices," said Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership. "But it was ecumenical. Father Nobiletti from Transfiguration Church on Mott St. also spoke."

Chen also said how people came from all sides of the "police debate."

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A Tarantella Rhythm and Steps Workshop
Conducted by
Alessandra Belloni
REMO Signature Series Artist

"Please join Alessandra in this beautiful location with a powerful statue of the Black Madonna!"

Experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.


The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy and also to bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.


Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary "spider web" of the subconscious.


Tuesday, January 13th, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.


Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013
$60 per person  

To register for this workshop, please call the Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000  

or email: 



Position Available at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
Director of Community Programs    

Reports to: President/Director and Associate Director.


Consults with: Two Bridges Neighborhood Council(TBNC) staff and outside consultants, as needed.


Overall responsibility: The Director of Community Programs guides the mission & vision of community programs in close collaboration with senior staff. The Director is responsible for developing and administering programs in the Two Bridges Tower Community Room and in other suitable venues as agreed upon by Two Bridges senior management. Two Bridges' goal is to provide an array of programming to serve residents and the broader community, and create a vital hub of activity in Two Bridges Tower. Among the more important tasks assigned the Director is to develop and maintain the financial & human resources, and partnership network to deploy a robust community program comprising health & wellness recreation, skills development, STEM education, and arts & culture:


Start date
February 1, 2015
Application deadline
January 31, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Level of language proficiency
Ability to read and write in Spanish preferred. Ability to read and write in Chinese preferred.
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
Commensurate with experience.
Job function
Owner's areas of focus

Send all cover letters and resumes to and addressed to Victor Papa. No calls.

For more information click HERE.



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On January 26, 2015, the NYC Department of Homeless Services will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).  We need thousands of volunteers to canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces to estimate the number of people living unsheltered in the city.  Just one night of your time will help us collect vital information for outreach teams to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life.

3,000 NEW YORKERS NEEDED...The information volunteers gather during HOPE 2015 is critical to our ongoing efforts, but we need your help to make it possible.  We need more than 3,000 volunteers, age 18 or older, to give just one night of their time to help survey the number of New Yorkers living on city streets.  We will provide you with training on the night of the survey.   


Sign up to volunteer for HOPE 2015 today!  Register at 


Ø  Join us on January 26th, 2015 and meet other individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of homeless New Yorkers


Ø  Bring a group of friends to join you and register as a team


Ø  If you have any questions or comments, reach out to the HOPE Team at or 212-607-5366


You can also reach out to Kercena A. Dozier, Director of Community Relations at the Department of Homeless Services, at or 347-225-4970 for further information. 

For more information click HERE.

From all of us at Eldridge Street
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!  
Start the new year with a visit to the Museum Eldridge Street.  We've got lots of great events coming up to brighten even the dreariest winter day.  Daily tours of our synagogue home are sure to delight and fascinate (Sunday - Thursday, hourly, 10 am to 5 pm; Friday, hourly, 10 am to 3pm) .
What's Your Dream? 
A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event




This Martin Luther King Day put your own dreams into words and art. We'll read the award-winning story, What Do You Do With An Idea? and make collages inspired by Martin Luther King's ideas, his famous speech ... and your own dreams.

$15 per family


To RSVP click HERE.



MOCACREATE: Terrific Time Capsules

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 1pm - 4pm


Get inspired by our special Waves of Identity exhibition. Take a bit of the present and preserve it for the future by creating a personalized time capsule! Store photos, letters, and objects that are important to you, then seal it shut and open it in 5 years to see what's changed. 


To find out more information click HERE.


NYC apartment buildings are eligible to participate in an innovative new program that provides buildings with a free and convenient service to pick up and recycle unwanted electronics.


The in-building service provided by e-cycleNYC represents the most comprehensive electronics recycling program offered by any municipality in the country.

Depending on the size and type of building, NYC apartment buildings (larger than 10 units) will be eligible for a variety on-site service options to conveniently and safely recycle unwanted electronics.

Service options include:

  • room cleanouts (buildings with 10 or more units)
    • e-cycleNYC removes electronics self-stored by participating buildings.
  • storage bins (buildings with 50 or more units)
    • e-cycleNYC provides your building with a locking bin to store electronics. There are two bin sizes available, a small bin (2 ft deep x 4 ft wide x 5 ft high) and a large bin (2 ft deep x 5.5 ft wide x 6 ft high).
  • building events (buildings with 250 or more units)
    • e-cycleNYC removes electronics during pre-scheduled, outdoor events that buildings organize for their residents.

To find more information or to sign up click HERE.



MulchFest 2015.

Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!


Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC  to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree . More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number!


To find out more information click HERE.

A Community Responds
 Channon Hodge, Poh Si Teng and Ashley Maas

The fatal shooting of Police Officer Wenjian Liu has prompted many in New York's Asian-American community to reflect on the impact of his death among those who share his heritage.

To watch the video click HERE.




Come have dinner at 6 Chatham Square

New Requirements for 2015 CI Scholarships Announced

New requirements for the 2015 CI Scholarships have just been announced. 

With the rapid development of China's economy there has been a trend among Americans to study, work and live in China. In response to this demand, the Chinese government is providing 10,000 U.S. students scholarships for studying in China. In our role as a bridge between the US and China, we help our students take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by offering Confucius Institute Scholarships. These scholarships are only available to students who have received a minimum score on the HSK exam, have never studied in China before, and who are between ages 16-35.  For more information about the scholarships please contact us at or by calling 212-346-1686

For more information click HERE.


Get FREE Wi-Fi at home with The New York Public Library's new Library HotSpot program designed for students enrolled in NYPL educational programs and their families.

The Library is offering a limited number of free wireless modems to students in NYPL's Out-of-School-Time programs and Adult Literacy classes who do not have Internet access at home. The program enables eligible families to "check out" Internet service from the Library for 6 months-absolutely free. Both the device and monthly service fees are fully paid by NYPL. The program is intended to help NYPL students access online resources and continue educational activities at home.

To find out more information click HERE.


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